John K. Amundson — Rochester

ROCHESTER — The funeral for John K. Amundson will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield, with the Rev. Robert Kleinke officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Hayfield.

Mr. Amundson, 83, of Rochester, died Wednesday (July 16, 2008) at Maple Manor Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

John Kermit Amundson was born April 11, 1925, in the same farmhouse as his father, Howard D. Amundson. He inherited his musical ability from his mother, Bernice (Myster) Amundson. The family was always entertained by the tunes he played on his many instruments.

He attended grades one through six at County District 49, grades seven through nine at Hayfield Elementary School, then went to Hayfield High School. In his early years, he worked on Highway 14 doing road work. He also worked for the Co-op Oil Co. in Hayfield. In 1956, he graduated from Mankato Commercial College and later from Minneapolis Computers School.

Mr. Amundson retired from Rochester Methodist Hospital after more than 30 years of service. He earned several plaques with the hospital golf club. His earlier sports included horseback riding, skiing and riding his John Deere. His passions were cars, music and being helpful to family and friends.


He is survived by a sister, Marjorie J. Tvedt of Rochester. Other survivors include a brother-in-law, Stanley Vorba of Albert Lea; a niece, Nancy J. Tvedt; a niece and his godchild, Sara L. (Vorba) Gerlach; and two great nephews, Daniel John Gerlach and Bradley L. Gerlach. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lois Vorba; and a brother-in-law, Everett Tvedt.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester and an hour before the service Monday at the church in Hayfield.

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